Choosing the Right Material for Your Metal Fabrication Project

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Did you know that steel is worth more than $4 billion dollars to the Canadian economy each year? It goes to show how important metal is to so many industries around the country, and sheet metal is one of the most widely used types of metal. 

But choosing sheet metal isn’t as easy as many people think. There are lots of different things to take into account and if you’re not already an expert on sheet metal fabrication, it can be difficult to know what to look for.

Want to learn more about what to look for in sheet metal for production manufacturing? Read on to learn about the most important characteristics of any sheet metal you choose. 


Ductility means how flexible and malleable a material is. Highly ductile materials can be drawn into different shapes and used for a greater variety of purposes.

Ductility is very important in custom metal fabrication, since it dictates what methods can be used to work the metal. 

A good example of a ductile metal is copper. Its high versatility means it’s commonly used in a variety of applications including piping and wiring. 

Tensile Strength

The tensile strength of your metal is one of the most important elements to look for. This is the measurement of how much pressure the metal can handle. 

Cheaper metals with low tensile strength, like aluminum, can still be useful. They will likely be available for a lower cost and may also be lighter and more ductile. Your required tensile strength will ultimately depend on the specific needs of your project.

Stainless steel has high tensile strength and is commonly used in a variety of high-pressure applications when fabricating metal. 


With a little research, you could find a metal with the perfect ductility, tensile strength, and other aspects for your needs. But if you can’t access it in the quantities you require, it’s not going to be much good to you. 

In the modern world, there are an increasing number of logistics issues that can make it difficult to acquire some materials. You’ll want to ensure any materials you choose to use are easily accessible.

Not only do you need a plentiful supply, but you also want to check there are reliable local suppliers in your area. A lack of reliable suppliers in the area could leave you short of vital materials and leave you vulnerable to price hikes if the supply is low. 

Call in the Experts For Quality Metal Fabrication

If you’re working on a project and you need experts to help you with your metal fabrication in Calgary, we can help. We’ve got years of experience in providing quality metal services for a range of clients and we’ll be happy to work with you to ensure your project is a success.

Want to find out exactly how good we are? Contact Aaron Machine Shop today and let us work with you. 

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